April 21, 2011 marks the day for which I can be thankful to God for 25 years of continuous sobriety as an active, recovered member of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Based, I believe, on a devoted belief in the power, love, and healing of Almighty God.
Based also, I believe, in focusing on helping newcomers to get well - provided they wanted to quit permanently; were willing to go to any length to do so; would rely on God and obey His will; would grow in fellowship with Him, His Son, and other believers through Bible study, prayer, seeking His guidance, and study; would help others get straightened out; and would involve themselves completely in the fellowship and program of recovery of A.A.
Learning also the principles, practices, and successes of "old school" A.A. established in Akron in 1935.
Recognizing also that though A.A. has changed substantially, the principles and practices of the early A.A. fellowship are available and can be applied today.
Recognizing clearly that nonsense gods, phony spirituality, and higher powers that are light bulbs will offer little help to those who "pray" to them for guidance and deliverance. Psalm 115.
In His Service, Dick B., Kihei, Maui, Hawaii